My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

An attacker who has phished your friend’s Whatsapp account may trigger an OTP for your number to your phone, and may message you asking for it.

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

Today we’re releasing a new version of Signal groups that gives you a richer private group experience with group admins, granular permissions, @mentions and more.Your existing Signal groups will get these new group features in a future update.

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

Che-Hsuan Cheng, a doctoral student in material science and engineering in Deotare’s group and the first author on the study in Advanced Optical Materials, is most interested in its application as self-erasing invisible ink for sending secret messages.

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

With iOS 14, Apple has opened up its mobile platform more than ever before with the ability to set third-party apps as defaults for mail and browser.Would you like Apple to open up messaging to allow third-party apps to be the default?

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok. Social media giants such as Facebook and Google are tracking machines, just like most big tech corporations.The Chinese social media giant TikTok is collecting as much data as possible from their users - whether TikTok needs the data to provides its service or not.

Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of features including a “new colorful look for your chats,” more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: “chat with friends who use Facebook.”.

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

If you're on iOS and would like to try Telegram Video Calls, you'll have to wait until Apple lets you – or switch to a platform that has more respect for its users and developers, like Android.

Robots, Oracles and Protocols; Breaking Cryptography Through Information Leakage

Robots, Oracles and Protocols; Breaking Cryptography Through Information Leakage

Once this integer is found, our second message which we know is also properly will be denoted as M₁.As we know that M₁ is also properly padded, we know the interval in which it resides, and can use this to narrow the possible intervals for M₀.

Some T-mobile customers shadowbanned from texting after sending the word “belly” via SMS

Some T-mobile customers shadowbanned from texting after sending the word “belly” via SMS

T-Mobile customers were being shadowbanned from sending SMS text messages for ten days because they sent the word “belly.” When shadowbanned, T-Mobile users receive no notice that they have been censored as their messages still seem like they’re going through, but nothing is received on the other end.

Twitter is Testing End-to-End Encrypted Direct Messages

Twitter is Testing End-to-End Encrypted Direct Messages

Secret Conversation appears to allow Twitter users to send encrypted direct messages and beef up the security of their conversation.Select 'Start a secret text message,' and a new window will open where you can send encrypted messages.

'How I caught my online scammer – and Facebooked his mum'

'How I caught my online scammer – and Facebooked his mum'

Image copyright Christian Haschek Image caption Security researcher Christian Haschek says he has mixed feelings about catching the scammer A cybersecurity researcher living in Austria who was scammed out of $500 (£375) says his money was returned after he tracked down the scammer's family and contacted them on Facebook.

New Hasty Attempt to Tackle Fake News in Brazil Heavily Strikes Privacy and Free Expression

New Hasty Attempt to Tackle Fake News in Brazil Heavily Strikes Privacy and Free Expression

Social networks and private messaging applications would be obliged to keep the chain of all communications that have been forwarded tracking all its nodes, regardless of the distribution of the content was done maliciously at the source or along the chain.

How to Hide Secrets in Strings— Modern Text hiding in JavaScript

How to Hide Secrets in Strings— Modern Text hiding in JavaScript

Fortunately, we were able to add 4 more characters to our arsenal, a total of 6 invisible characters that we can now use to hide our secrets in strings.

RSA Cryptography Behind the Scenes

RSA Cryptography Behind the Scenes

Meeting the definition of a cipher, RSA follows the consistency equation being expressed as:This just means that after encrypting a message m with a public key (e, n), the message can then only be decrypted with the corresponding private key (d, n) to recover the message.

The WhatsApp privacy problem.

The WhatsApp privacy problem.

This can be used to track in a significant way and there is no way for users to protect themselves from this, except abandoning whatsapp altogether.Read receipts on voice messages.You can’t turn off read receipts on voice messages, ever.

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

However, in February, the European Commission suddenly instructed employees to switch to the popular messaging app Signal due to growing security and data privacy concerns with WhatsApp. Numerous reports have emerged in recent years that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may not be sufficient to ensure the privacy of users' data or prevent hackers from using the app to install spyware on devices.

Tox is a peer-to-peer instant messaging protocol with end-to-end encryption, voice calls, video calls and file transfers

Tox is a peer-to-peer instant messaging protocol with end-to-end encryption, voice calls, video calls and file transfers

Tox is a peer-to-peer instant messaging protocol with end-to-end encryption for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS.Any instant messaging protocol that uses a cloud-based connection, aka a server, is a centralized service.

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The “best practices” list will be created by a government commission, headed by Attorney General Barr, who has made it very clear he would like to ban encryption, and guarantee law enforcement “legal access” to any digital message.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

When I choose a secure messaging app, I pick apps that protect the most important thing to me… my personal data.Terms of Use/Service offer little/no data protection because they assume a user is engaging in a free service with the company.

The Loss Of Micro-Privacy

The Loss Of Micro-Privacy

The online status was the first wide-spread instance in digital communication where users gave up a tiny bit of privacy to make a service more engaging and useful.

Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

Google is now banning the popular Linux browsers named Konqueror, Falkon, and Qutebrowser from logging into Google services because they may not be secure.When attempting to do so, we were told to try a different browser as Konqueror or Falkon may not be secure.

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Campaign group Who Targets Me?, which was established to monitor online political ads, has been examining how parties used Facebook before the election was called and in the first week of the campaign.

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

The Congress on Sunday claimed that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received a text message from WhatsApp alerting her to a possible privacy breach about a month ago, as did others whose phones were similarly hacked with the Pegasus spyware from the Israel-based technology and cyber intelligence firm, NSO Group.“When WhatsApp sent out messages to all hacked phones, one such message was sent to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mobile phone too.

Why Adding Client-Side Scanning Breaks End-To-End Encryption

Why Adding Client-Side Scanning Breaks End-To-End Encryption

Let’s say that when the client-side scan finds a hash match, it sends a message off to the server to report that the user was trying to send a blocked image.

Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network

Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network

If an SMS message contained either a phone number or an IMSI number that matched the predefined list, it was saved to a CSV file for later theft by the threat actor.

Why India wants to track WhatsApp messages

Why India wants to track WhatsApp messages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Privacy activists are worried that the new rules could be misused to curb free speech India's plan to try to mandate the monitoring, interception and tracing of messages on social media has alarmed users and privacy activists - as well as the companies running the platforms.

GNOME files defense against patent troll

GNOME files defense against patent troll

We don’t believe that there is a case GNOME needs to answer to.We want to show that the use of Shotwell, and free software in general, isn’t affected by this patent.

Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users

Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users

"To prevent 'Smart Spies' attacks, Amazon and Google need to implement better protection, starting with a more thorough review process of third-party Skills and Actions made available in their voice app stores," the SLR researchers concluded.